I have a former workmate that is in the search for a retirement coach.
They have a 'desired' purchase budget of $200-225K (With some reserves planned for any catchup maintenance and or modifications.). They prefer a larger block engine, due to a trailer with Rock Crawling Jeep and other Sand Toys they plant to tow. Mountain Aire and on up the Newmar Food chain is their preference.
They have an uncle that had a Newmar Mountain Aire with dark paint and severe micro checking.
So question #1: What years did the micro checking phase out of being a concern in the Newmar model lines. If different, per model, and known - that would be good info.
Question #2: ISM, ISX of various HP and Torque capacities. On the ISX, what model years did the Newmar typically have ISX's that were beyond the CM87 (Or is that CM870?), potential at risk for #6 valve head problem?
Any concerns on any model years with the ISM?
Due to his Uncle's input, he's mostly interested in Spartan Chassis. Am I correct that depending upon year and model these will be either K2 or K3's?
Within his targeted budget range, are their model years differences to be aware of that would make one coach, and or chassis preferable then another.
And a more basic question in general, with that targeted budget range - what models and years would you recommend he drill down deeper on?
I'll note, that in our conversations. He has an opinion that if he can make the right case, with sound logic and reasoning behind it, to the Executive Review Committee (His DW
!), he feels he could probably bump that budget up to the $250-275K. For those with the encyclopedic knowledge of Newmar's - is this enough of target price to open any other coaches with 'Well then this would get you...'?
They're not too hung up on length, and would consider any 40-45' Newmar, though his wife would prefer 42-44' (Funny how '45 foot!!! That's too big! syndrome seems to factor into this... But, she said she'd keep an open mind. And does understand that at the higher up the food chain of models, 45' is the norm - and thus more supply.)
Thank you for any thoughts or suggestions.
Best to all,
Smitty (SOB Owner